In today’s era of distance learning, many schools and districts have been unable to provide access to pleasure reading books to their students, as school and classroom libraries have been temporarily closed for the 2020-2021 school year.
To support these unique challenges during these unprecedented times, the team at Access Books Bay Area is offering public schools in need a wooden lending library book box. Similar to a Little Free Library, these library book boxes are filled with books from Access Books Bay Area’s stock of gently used books for children to borrow and return on the honor system.
The library book box program provides students access to books that they can take and exchange during distance learning, ensuring that they continue to read for pleasure. Once a public school agrees to participate in the project, the following steps are taken:
- Volunteers construct, paint, and install the library book boxes in an accessible location on the school’s campus.
- Access Books Bay Area fills them with inviting, exciting books and provides stock to the school for refilling the library book boxes when they become depleted.
- The school’s personnel monitors and maintains the library book boxes on an ongoing basis.
Want to get involved with our library book boxes program and give back to students in need? Here’s how you can help:
Donate a pre-made book box or volunteer the materials and time required to construct a new one. Interested volunteers will be provided with sample plans and materials lists when you reply to this opportunity.
Note that you will need to have basic construction tools and expertise, and purchasing the materials will cost you about $150-$200. This is a good project for a small group of volunteers to do together.